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Trust Success at Award Ceremony

The Local Employment Initiative (LEI), have won the ‘Innovation in Employment of Disadvantaged Groups Award’ sponsored by TUC for their six week placement scheme. The partnership between Job Centre Plus; the Employment Regeneration Partnership and the Joint Health Unit, offers unemployed people the chance to gain vital work skills in a learning and practical environment. Theresa Clegg, Recruitment Initiative Manager says: “The team is delighted to have received this award, which recognises the hard work undertaken and the commitment to the project.” The six week course aimed at entry level posts, for example, domestics and porters consists of a two week ‘theoretical training session’ covering areas such as Health and Safety and Infection Control, followed by a four week work placement putting their theory into practice.” The scheme which began in July 2004 runs approximately every nine weeks and gives employers the chance to see potential ’workers’ in action, The LEI hope to be able to offer the scheme to cover healthcare support workers within the coming months. So far 11 people have gained employment via this route and hopefully this will be the start of a challenging and fulfilling work life. The award was presented at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester.